A council leader has criticised landlords in a tourist hotspot for evicting long term tenants and switching to higher paying Airbnb renters.
Torbay council leader Steve Darling says he has received emails from hospital workers evicted because their landlords wanted to make “a quick buck” via short lets.
He is reported by the Devon Live website as telling fellow councillors: “We were very weak in Torbay, with low levels of social housing for people on low incomes, and now we’ve got the pandemic, and the impact of the changes in society that we are now seeing. We have very few options for quick solutions.”
The website claims rents are increasing across Torbay, with hard-to-find three-bedroomed properties fetching over £1,000 a month, and attracting up to 50 applicants for each vacancy.
An online search shows more than 300 Airbnb ‘stays’ are on offer in the Torbay area during August, with that number still increasing.
“Private rents are unaffordable for many low-income families in Torbay” according to Darling.
“Households on low incomes are finding it particularly difficult to meet rental increases, due partly to welfare reforms and the other economic pressures, now compounded by shift in the housing market.
“More households are also remaining in private rented accommodation because they can’t afford to buy their own homes.”
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